Someone out there has a good idea; just because he happens to be a lawyer will not prevent me from giving his plan a little extra publicity.
Charles Moerdler, a lawyer from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, is doing some work for the UFT in a case involving the proposed closing of John F. Kennedy High School. Mr. Moerdler has pointed out an ingenious way that the D.O.E. could have helped the struggling school to improve:
officials should have placed Absent Teacher Reserve personnel...at struggling schools to decrease class size and provide extra help. However, he said, the few schools that did hire ATRs used them as hall monitors, not teachers.
What do you say, brother and sister ATRs? Are you ready to take on a class so that the teacher next door can work with a smaller register? Are you ready to provide extra help to students who need it?
Or do you prefer to spend the rest of your career as a hall monitor, or as a glorified doormat--er, 'scuse me, I meant glorified substitute.
Mr. Moerdler, Esq., would like to snap our chains; our Mayor, alas, would like to use them as nooses.